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List of Hazing Deaths in the United States
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Chad Meredith Video   Nuwer Stophazing Columns   Sons of the Dawn: A Basque Odyssey

Athletic Hazing & the Death of Nick Haben   Feature Writing Tips       

HazingPrevention.Org Blog  15 Hank Nuwer Videos Especially for Parents of Hazed or Bullied Teens    HPO's Hank Nuwer Antihazing Hero Award  Hazing Page 

High School Hazing    Hazing and Bullying and the Death of Danny Chen    Hank Nuwer's One-Man Play, A Broken Pledge   

Valuable Articles on Hazing   Nuwer Books for Young Adults   Hazing in Canada Video  Hazing Deaths on Map 1873-2006  What Schools and Greeks Do Right  Hazing Research

 Interviews by Hank Nuwer   Talks with Authors    Interview with Hank Nuwer    Articles by Hank Nuwer

Hank NuwerHank Nuwer, Franklin College. For full hazing coverage. check my Daily Hazing Blog for HPO.Org

Definition: Hazing by definition is an activity that a high-status member orders other members to engage in or suggests that they engage in that in some way humbles a newcomer who lacks the power to resist because he or she wants to gain admission into a group. Hazing can be noncriminal, but it is nearly always against the rules of an institution, team or Greek group. It can be criminal, which means that a state statute has been violated. This usually occurs when a pledging-related activity results in gross physical injury or death. There is, of course, hazing simply for the sadistic pleasure of an individual hazer or some hazing organizations, as well as hazing meant to exclude a potential member or drive away an existing member such as the Zeta Beta Tau hazing of Ben Klein at Alfred University that played a role in his suicide. The Klein case shows us where hazing is actually better termed bullying. One of the common causes of deaths by hazing is what I call reckless hazing: hazers, in the misguided name of tradition, flaunting all good risk management principles to have a potential new member “earn” membership. The drowning deaths of Chad Meredith at the University of Miami and Gabe Higgins for the Texas Cowboys spirit group at the University of Texas are good examples of “reckless hazing.” --Hank Nuwer

About Moderator Hank Nuwer:                                                                                                                 Twitter handles are HAZING and NUWER

A Franklin College journalism professor whose academic specialty is hazing education, he has been "on a virtual one-man crusade to eliminate hazing" since 1975, according to sociologist Michael Kimmel,  the author of Guyland.

Most recently, Nuwer has published a literary novel suitable for adults and young adults about two Basque immigrant herders called Sons of the Dawn: A Basque Odyssey, treating topics varying from hazing in the Old West to the horrific bombing of Guernica, Spain. He is also the author of The Hazing Reader, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage: Fraternities, Sororities, Hazing and Binge Drinking, and Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing. A graduate of Buffalo State College and Anne Frank fellow holder, he holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters for his work on hazing, bullying and unhealthy drinking. He has delivered lectures on hazing (most recently performing his one-man play) at more than 130 colleges, including Cornell, Dartmouth, Penn State, University of Oregon, University of Michigan and Chico State University.

Hank Nuwer, Associate Professor; Author of "Sons of the Dawn: A Basque Odyssey" and "The Hazing Reader"
Franklin College Pulliam School of Journalism
101 Branigin Blvd.
Franklin, Indiana 46131